10 Speed Painting Videos That Will Blow Your Mind
Video, Artists, creative, Inspiration, painting, speed, Street, talented, video
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 05:46:33 +0000
Awe inspiring talent takes the world by storm in the artistic realm of speed painting. The vision of an artist is transformed magically right before your eyes in minutes. Masterpieces that send jaws dropping and emanate sounds of surprise and delight as an artist takes to their canvas. Spectators gather in endless numbers to watch the spectacle of the miraculous beauty that is unfolded before them. In places where people most congregate, at the beach, on the streets, or in public malls, artists take their profound style of artistry and display their talents for all to see. Using a variety of tools that would astound you, artists use common objects such as pan lids, rocks, spray paint, water, fingers, and carpentry tools to create works of art that would be worth more than a thousand words. As they dip and spray, splatter and dab artists astound their audiences with something that seems almost basic and turns it into a piece of art that even Van Gough would be envious of. The techniques and skills with which they create seem incredibly simple as they start to paint. For some artists the element of surprise is the ultimate revelation as you watch and wonder what they are about to create. As they simple match dots on a canvas or spray lines that they dab and smear, the anticipation builds as each stroke and smudge is created. You are constantly guessing at what it will be when it is complete. As the work unfolds before you, the magnificence of their creation only visible to your eye until the piece is complete. The final image is revealed with a shock of what you thought the piece was supposed to be when it actually turns into something unexpected. When the work begins, each piece looks like something you yourself could create. Nothing but lines and dots. Each time the artist makes another mark you follow it and think “I can do this”. They work furiously like a movie that has been fast forwarded. Soon you lose the notion that you could do what they are doing and begin watching, staring, and guessing what it is with each new stroke of their brush or flick of their wrist. Nothing evident, nothing jumping out to you until it is almost over and then…magically it begins to be recognizable and with the last stroke, scrape, or dabble the work is finished leaving mesmerized as to how they accomplished that work without you noticing what was going on or what it was to be. Others magically unveil their piece element by element. As they hold you motionless and some people as they watch are even holding their breath as each item in the painting is revealed. You try to guess what the element is as they are creating and are astounded as you find out that you were wrong or release an “ah” as you see the image you thought it would be come to life. Their feat is breath taking as you watch them speedily dipping and scratch and clawing throughout their creation until the final product is revealed. Some of these artists revel in the entertainment encouraging clapping and participation from their audiences as they attempt to create an imagery that is pleasing while other artist simply enjoy the craft that they were born produce. Either way, the artistry is amazing to watch as each individual rhythms away creating the visions that are imprinted on their soul. No piece is like the next, but is created with the same intensity as the one before it. Some people move away after one piece, but the skill and artistry that is portrayed in the demonstration keeps most people hanging on for more and speaking about it for days to come after the experience. Some artists sell their work for donations or less than market value while others create just for the splendor of aweing their audiences. The art that is created varies in size. Some pieces are created on something as small as a postcard. Others are created larger than life on walls, large boards or on the streets themselves. None the less each piece is usually created anywhere from five to eight minutes in duration. The next time you are walking through downtown or are at the beach and see a crowd of people surrounding a person with some paint, stop to see what the commotion is all about. You may be amazed to see a speed painting artist at work. You will be able to witness firsthand the awesome beauty that can be created in just a matter of minutes. It will put a smile on your face, excite you for a moment and take just minutes from your day. I hope you’ll enjoy the following speed painting videos. Cheers! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
Giveaway: 2 Developer Subscriptions of Monarch Social Sharing Plugin
Giveaways, elegant themes, free, Giveaway, monarch, plugin, social sharing
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 06:53:40 +0000
Today we are pleased to announce another great giveaway courtesy of Elegant Themes. Two people will have a chance to win a developer subscription to their brand new social sharing plugin called Monarch. What is Monarch you ask? Monarch will give your readers the ability to share and follow anywhere on your site. It’s a plugin that effectively encourages visitors to share your content without sacrificing your website’s beautiful design. Whether it’s through a sticky sidebar, an inline content block, widget area, or a pop-up, Monarch is designed to get you more shares. Monarch also has a beautiful dashboard which allows you to add new sharing or following icons to your website, configure them, and even obtain stats about how well Monarch is effecting your website’s social media presence. This new backend options panel will serve as a framework for even more great plugins in the future. For more information, check out this video: The Prize: 2 Developer subscriptions. How to Win: Enter using the widget below. Winners will be contacted via email, so be sure to use a valid email when entering. We wish everybody the best of luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway
10 Extravagant Bachelor Pads From Around the World
Advertising, Architecture, bachelor pads, beautiful, locations, world
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 05:31:53 +0000
It’s one of the world’s most poorly kept secrets that inside even the most domesticated of men there is a furtive longing for a bachelor pad. A place of refuge in the wildest of locations, where he can live (or relive) his youth with just his best mates, the ultimate in gadgets and, perhaps most importantly, decorated in whatever outlandish style he wants. For some men, this dream has become a reality. 1. The Sheats Goldstein Residence Designed by the legendary architect John Lautner, it’s no wonder the 50 year old Sheats Goldstein residence is still any bachelor’s dream come true. The space age design includes 750 tiny skylights made from actual drinking glasses, motorized sliding glass panels between rooms and a hot tub with stunning views overlooking Los Angeles. 2. The NBK Residence The NBK Residence is industrial, masculine and incredibly spacious. The 5 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms make it capable of hosting the ultimate boys weekend, with the 4,000 square foot floor plan ensuring there is plenty of room for everyone. Floor to ceiling windows illuminate the massive living area which is circled by towering bookshelves and a steel grating bridge that provides the ultimate vantage point. To top it off, the rooftop has a swimming pool and entertaining area with the city of Beirut as its backdrop. 3. The Contemporary Concrete Residence Minimalist. Luxurious. Breathtaking. For the ultimate Mediterranean bachelor pad, you can’t go past the Contemporary Concrete Residence on Aegina Island. The windows in this masterpiece can be slid back to open up the entire home to the surrounding views of the mountains and the ocean, meaning your guests will never feel cramped, no matter how big the party. When it comes time to cool off, there is a luxurious swimming pool running across the length of the outdoor entertaining area, the bright blue water mirroring the cloudless sky. 4. Casa Till Residence It’s not often a bachelor pad qualifies as both luxurious and ecologically friendly, but the Casa Till house in Los Arcos, Chile manages to do exactly that. A feat of engineering, the extensive sun terrace is supported by stilts as it actually hangs out over the edge of the cliff face. The open plan design is aided by the use of glass walls and a series of sliding panels that lets you customize the floor plan to suit the gathering. As a final indulgence, the floor to ceiling windows let you wake up with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. 5. Hong Kong Residence Everyone knows that bachelor pads are all about the toys that fill them…this one comes with a Ferrari. Hong Kong interior design studio Millimeter has created a haven within this multi-level apartment, with glass panels preventing the box like interior from feeling cramped. As the icing on the cake, the glass wall of the garage turns this bachelor pad into a millionaire’s showroom, with the gleaming red Ferrari always on display. 6. The Pole Residence Overlooking Australia’s famous Great Ocean Road, the Pole House at Fairhaven is all about chilling by the beach. Suspended 131 feet up in the air, the Pole House design brief was always going to be over the top. The house is more of a private getaway than a party destination, but the retracting glass walls let you enjoy the ocean breeze and the house location is the ideal vantage point for monitoring surf conditions. 7. The Naked Residence Named for its exposed floor plan, not the habits of its owner, the Naked house on the island of Koh Samui is the perfect place to retreat to after a long night of partying at Thailand’s famous Full Moon Festival. The infinity edge pool stretches along the full width of the house, providing breathtaking views out over the island, while the recycled timber outdoor swing is the perfect place to relax with a cocktail in hand. 8. The California Desert Residence There’s nothing like a desert setting for a truly futuristic looking piece of architecture. The California Desert house is every Star Wars lover’s dream, with its covering of cast concrete slabs evoking visions of aliens and galactic empires. Inside, the house is a work of art, with sweeping bronze pillars, 800 pieces of sandblasted glass and giant stone boulders doubling as walls. 9. The Contemporary Strand Residence The Strand residence in Orange County is a masterpiece of stone, steel and timber, with panoramic ocean views from every living area. With three separate structures encircling a courtyard, the house is unified by the overlapping reflection ponds and granite stepping stones. 10. The Monaco Mansion Residence No bachelor pad could beat this $250 million penthouse currently under construction in Monaco. Situated on the 49th floor, this multi-level penthouse boasts 6 bedrooms, a 33,000 square foot floor plan and a water slide from the second balcony down into the circular infinity pool!
Feast for the Eyes: 40 Visually Stimulating Street Artworks
Photography, art, creative, Inspiration, Street, urban
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 05:21:41 +0000
Most people assosiate street art with graffiti and vandalism. But in reality, it can be a lot of things. Technically speaking, street art is visual art created in public locations. It can be a stencil, chalk art, mural, graffiti, wheatpaste poster, street installation, or sculpture. The artists behind these pieces choose the streets to serve as their art gallery. Street artists tend to travel around the world to reach a broader audience. They do this to communicate their designs or message directly to the public at large. One famous street artist you may already know goes by the name of Banksy. Like many other street artists, he tends to create socially relevant art mostly focusing on political and social issues in our modern day society. His work has gained cult-following, media, and art world attention. Today we collected some outstanding pieces that are bound to inspire you. You don’t need to be an art critic to appreciate their beauty. Enjoy!
15 Creative Bike Rack Designs
Industrial, bike, cool, design, Inspiration, rack
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 05:19:17 +0000
With a mounting focus on the environment, coupled with rising gas prices and a need for exercise, an increasing number of likeminded people are turning to a means of transport that is almost 200 years old and yet the height of modernisation: the bicycle. While bikes solve all of the above problems, they do come with their own set of obstacles. Chief amongst them, particularly amongst the inner city crowd, is the matter of storage. Now, bikes certainly take up less space than a car, but unless you have a garage or are content to leave your bike parked in your front hallway, you’re going to need a bike rack of some description. This is where things get exciting. Gone are the days of ugly metal contraptions suspended from the ceiling. The modern and artistic take on the bike rack can turn your 2-wheeler into a design feature. For instance: • An Australian based designer has come up with an interesting take on the typical bike rack. As part of his Picasso inspired “Upcycle Fetish” range, he has designed a range of bike racks resembling hunting trophies and constructed entirely from recycled bike parts. • For those really short on space, a Swiss designer has created a piece of furniture that will store more than just your bike. The storage arrangement includes a space for your bike, as well as books, shoes or whatever else you can think of. • Finally, for those fortunate enough to have a staircase, you can utilise the wasted space beneath by mounting bike racks on the underside of the stair treads and hanging your bike from there – apparently a standard staircase has room to hang 2 bikes. Whatever your style, the following list of creative bike racks should be enough to both inspire and motivate…even if you don’t own a bike yet!